Kurt Cobain

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    In Defense of Sublime

    By: Bree Davies I thought I would have to wait until the 20th anniversary of Sublime's 1996 self-titled mainstream breakout album to write about how fundamentally misunderstood and judged Sublime is. I have so many feelings, probably too many, about a band whose legacy is beaten up almost as much as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Courtney Love Fan Art, You Really Must Own

    Mrs. Courtney Love Cobain kept it classy at Nirvana's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Thursday. "I have a big speech, but I'm not gonna say it," Love said. "We all start bands when we're kids and this is my family I'm looking at right now." She later tweeted kind words to and ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Nirvana's Best Underrated Songs

    It's hard to imagine, if not impossible, to wonder what Kurt Cobain would be doing today. When I first got word on April 7, 1994 that the singer, who was well on his way to reluctantly becoming a rock icon, was found dead in his Seattle home, I was in utter disbelief. For any person who grew up duri ... More >>

  • Music

    April 3, 2014

    The Offspring Are Still Smashing

    A look back at the making of the OC band's accidentally influential record, 20 years later

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    A Bunch of People Got Matching Nirvana Tattoos Yesterday

    Following the success of 1991's Nevermind, Kurt Cobain and producer Steve Albini wanted to make a record that predated polished, commercial sounding tracks like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" that took over the radio and launched Nirvana to success. By this time, Cobain was struggling with fame. At its c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Top Five Nirvana Samples in Hip-Hop

    Last week in our sister publication LA Weekly's West Coast Sound, I wrote a piece titled "Jay-Z Bungles Nirvana" about the shortcomings that Jay-Z exhibits in attempting to channel Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail. That's not to say Kurt Cobain's work shoul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Eight Kurt Cobain Fan Portraits That Look Nothing Like Kurt Cobain

    We love the arts. We love Nirvana. We love when people paint portraits of Kurt Cobain that don't resemble him at all. Please enjoy this selection of fan art for sale on etsy. And artists, please don't be discouraged...we offer our suggestion of a comparable celebrity who your painting really resembl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Top Five Acts at Paid Dues 2013

    A few months into 2013 and we're less than a week away from the first big live hip-hop experience of the year. Last year was filled with immensely enjoyable shows all across Southern California, from Nas at Rock the Bells to Juicy J and ASAP Rocky at the Observatory. And, here we are, ready to start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Paul McCartney To Play With Nirvana Tonight At The 12-12-12 Concert? Unfortunately, Yes

    For those of you who may or may not know, tonight in New York City is the granddaddy of all Sandy concerts. Taking place at Madison Square Garden, tonight's show will feature some of the biggest names in music history including (drumroll please) Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Bon Jovi, Eri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Tupac is Back: Six Dead Artists We Should Resurrect Via Hologram

    As many of you know by now, Tupac performed at this year's edition of Coachella via hologram. When he appeared, the much-intoxicated crowd did not know what to do. It was as if Tupac had died and rose again (to many conspiracy theorists, that was a literal take). Now that we know how Dr. Dre and AV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    In Memory of Kurt Cobain: 5 of Nirvana's Most Iconic Songs

    Kurt Cobain died 18 years ago today. Excuse me while I catch my breath and shake my head in disbelief. It's still unfathomable that after only three years in the spotlight, and in the midst of his creative prime that the Nirvana singer committed suicide. Enough stories have been written about him, b ... More >>

  • Music

    December 29, 2011

    The Biggest Music Headlines of 2011

    [Mental Notes] The news that kept us talking this year

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Courtney Love Flips Out Onstage Over Cobain Poster, Continues Ranting About Dave Grohl

    ​On Sunday night, Courtney Love launched into an insane rant in the middle of a Hole set at Sao Paulo's SMU Festival after a fan waved a Kurt Cobain poster in front of her.

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Shonen Knife's Naoko Yamano: 'I'm Ashamed to Write Songs About Love'

    Shonen Knife​It's been three decades since beloved all-female Japanese pop-punk trio Shonen Knife formed, and although they have only one remaining original member, singer/guitarist Naoko Yamano, they still pump out an endearing mixture of pop, punk, food and fantasy that has attracted fans all ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Frances Bean Cobain: Is She Engaged to the Rambles' Isaiah Silva? (And He Kinda Looks Like Kurt Cobain)

    ​Is Frances Bean Cobain engaged to local band The Rambles' Isaiah Silva? According to various sources around town--and Facebook--yes. Sources say that the two, who have been dating for more than a year, changed their relationship status on the social networking site to engaged a few weeks ago. Alt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Sly Stone and Six Other Musicians Who've Claimed Homelessness

    ​ Funk pioneer Sly Stone announced in the New York Post this week that he's homeless. Fans are lamenting Stone's predicament, but we see it as karmic retribution for the annoying omnipresence of his music (those who have heard "Everyday People" 90 times during a morning commute can relate).

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Top 5 Defining MTV Moments (If You Were A Teen In The '90s)

    ​ Most people who grew up in the early '80s were lucky enough to witness MTV's revolutionary images but for many of us, who were just in grade school at the time, the cutting-edge visuals that appeared before us were too conceptual for us to comprehend. It wasn't until the early '90s (when we ... More >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2011

    Amy Winehouse: What a Loss

    [Mental Notes] RIP renowned Chicano artist Gilbert 'Magu' Lujan

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Why 27 is the Most Dangerous Age in Music; Amy Winehouse Tributes from M.I.A., Rome Ramirez and More

    ​27 is rock and roll's most hazardous number.On Saturday, Amy Winehouse joined an exclusive club after the five-time Grammy winner was found dead in her London home at the age of 27. It is the age at which a number of pop stars have died from overdoses, suicides, murders, or in some cases, just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Kurt Cobain's Hometown to Consider Naming In his Honor

     Rolling Stone reported today that the  Aberdeen city council in Washington state,  is considering a proposal to name a local bridge and park in honor of late grungeman Kurt Cobain. The public works conveyance up for honor is the Young Street Bridge which according to legend is the sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Five Music Biopics We'd Like To See

    ​ Over the last decade, Hollywood has pumped out an increasing number of music biopics, treating us to everything from enjoyable theatrical hits (8 Mile) to wobbly, tear-jerking cable duds (Take Me Home: The John Denver Story). With Jeff Buckley, Sam Cooke and Clash movies in the works and rumor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Top Three WTF Kurt Cobain Tributes: Jared Leto Goes Tasteless, a Hometown Statue and Miley Cyrus Fantasies

    ​Ahh, Kurt Cobain, we miss you so. Seventeen years after your death, commemorative Tweets and blogs are standard issue, but some people went the extra mile. (Probably not the extra mile the Nirvana frontman would've wanted, but oh well.)

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Comics Writer Charles Soule Talks About '27' and Death, You Know

    Renzo Podesta; Inset: W. Scott Forbes​​There's a perverse romance to the rock 'n' roll aesthetic of living fast, dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse. The fatalistic edict is both empowering and life-affirming, even if it's ultimately just an over-the-top, immature "fuck you" to one's mort ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 15, 2010


    Fox Theater

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Strange Love: Musical Weirdness From Daniel Johnston And Co.​Austin singer, songwriter and artist Daniel Johnston's six-album box set is due on June 22 (via Munster Records). Johnston became the musical and artistic elite's best kept secret in the early '80s; he self-distributed a series of home-recorded songs embellished with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Pavement Launch Reunion Tour, Gorillaz Chased by Bruce Willis in New Video, Lil Wayne, Dave Grohl

    Pavement fans: the reunion that hits Coachella has begun (in New Zealand). Stereogum has the set list. Coachella co-headliners Gorillaz debut video for "Stylo"--first single off Plastic Beach album out March 9--starring everybody's favorite action hero Bruce Willis in bad guy role. Click to watch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Twitter to Be Used to Contact Michael Jackson, Other Dead Folks

    "I see dead celebrities."​Twitter has many uses: spreading important information and breaking news. Seeing super-awesome iPhone pictures from concerts that we're attending. Letting us know when Ashley Tisdale is getting her hair done. But now the limits of Twitter's power will truly be tested, as ... More >>

  • Music

    July 10, 2008
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    December 6, 2007
  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    The Cobain of His Existence

    About a Son’s Director Portrays the Late Nirvana Front Man Through Other People’s Music

  • Music

    September 6, 2007

    CD Review

    Various Artists, Kurt Cobain: About a Son (Barsuk)

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2007

    Kurt Cobain: Far From Forgotten

    Director A.J. Schnack will be releasing his new documentary Kurt Cobain: About A Son in early October. The film will consist of scenic footage from the Washington cities Aberdeen, Olympia and Seattle (where Cobain lived), along with audio recordings done from a series of interviews conducted by jour ... More >>

  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    Buzz Band

    The Melvins plow back through town with a (sort of) new lineup but the same old sound

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2006

    Nixon called Warren Commission "a hoax"

    The vaults of Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and John Lennon COMBINED got nothing on those fab Nixon tapes -- now on their way to Yorba Linda! Recent listenings revealed that: * The Dick referred to the Warren Commission report that concluded Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone killing JFK as "the greatest ho ... More >>

  • Film

    March 30, 2006

    Troubled Man

    The deeply disturbed life and times of a musical prodigy

  • Music

    January 12, 2006

    No Bueno, Big Guy

    OC life is not the life for D.I.

  • Film

    July 21, 2005

    All This Useless Beauty

    Arty Last Days misses out on Cobains populist passion

  • Film

    July 21, 2005

    His Own Private Biopic

    Gus Van Sant resurrects the ever enigmatic Kurt Cobain with a lyrical blast from the avant-garde

  • Film

    July 21, 2005

    Celebrity Skinned

    A former Dawsons Creek star tackles a mythic musician with willful incoherence

  • Film

    July 21, 2005


    Gus Van Sant and the Last Days of Kurt Cobain

  • Music

    March 17, 2005

    Here Comes the Sun

    Shonen Knife put some sweetness in your life

  • Culture

    January 13, 2005

    On a Clear Day

    From Christopher Shinns On the Mountain, Sophocles wavers in the distance

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Radio-Friendly Unit Shifter

    Box set sheds new light on playful, pubescent, private side of Nirvana

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    Pretty in the Dark

    Holy Ghost Revivals vampy punk melodrama

  • Culture

    January 9, 2003
  • Culture

    October 4, 2001

    Rape Him

    They saved Kurt Cobains pain

  • Culture

    April 27, 2000

    Is David Woodard's Life His Art?

    Or is his art his life?
    Or is he just scamming us?

  • Music

    January 13, 2000

    Hippie week!

    Love! Peace! Naivete!

  • Columns

    December 9, 1999
  • Culture

    November 18, 1999

    Punk Junkies

    How to be part of the Zeitgeist without being onto it

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